Child-trafficking Spanish ring busted
A criminal gang that illegally helped Spanish families adopt African children have been arrested.22 July 2008
JAEN - Police have broken up a criminal gang posing as a charity that illegally helped Spanish families adopt African children.
The two alleged leaders of the group, both Equatorial Guinean nationals with Spanish citizenship, were arrested Monday in the southern Spanish city of Granada, along with the Equatorial Guinean grandmother of one of the children and the girl's prospective adoptive parents.
The ring, which called itself Black Africa, came to the attention of police after the Spanish couple filed with social services to become foster parents for the two-year-old girl who had been brought to Spain by her grandmother and supposedly abandoned.
Under Spanish law, foster parents can adopt the child after a period of time - a procedure that the group apparently used to help four other families adopt African children, charging them each around EUR 20,000.
[El Pais / Gines Donaire / Expatica]